Sketched by artist Robert Austin, the young queen first appeared on a £1 note in 1960 wearing a crown, earrings and a necklace, her likeness replacing images of Britannia –– a female symbol of Britain used on the country’s currency for centuries.
While her firm gaze and faint smile remain unchanged, the image of the queen has aged visibly over the decades, albeit very gracefully.
A new image appeared in 1963, the year she marked her 37th birthday, and again in 1970 and 1971, the last of which survived unchanged for nearly two decades. The current image in circulation, showing an older queen, again wearing crown, necklace and earrings, dates from 1990.
With the queen still officially head of state in many Commonwealth countries, Elizabeth II also features on many bank notes worldwide — making her image one of the most widely produced of all time.
To mark the anniversary, the Bank of England’s museum this week opens an exhibition of past and present banknotes featuring the queen and the original pencil sketches and printing blocks used to create them. –– CNN.